Blogtober Day Thirty-One: Amanda’s Spooktober Wrap Up

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Hi, lovelies! For my final blogtober post I shall be wrapping up all of the books I read this month! I managed quite a few and I’m happy with how many I read. As usual, I read some good and some not so good books as well as some in-between books. Let’s talk about what I read this month!

Physical Books
Road to Oz by Eric Shanower & Skottie Young
We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Check, Please! Book One: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu
Rage by Cora Carmack
These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

eBooks
Love Bites by Lynsay Sands
Single, White Vampire by Lynsay Sands
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
Tall, Dark & Hungry by Lynsay Sands
A Bite to Remember by Lynsay Sands
The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
Spinning by Tillie Walden
Bite Me If You Can by Lynsay Sands
The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro
A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro
Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry
Talon by Julie Kagawa
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
American Royals by Katharine McGee
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
The Accidental Vampire by Lynsay Sands
Vampires are Forever by Lynsay Sands
Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Vampire, Interrupted by Lynsay Sands

Audiobooks
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

Somehow…I read thirty-eight books in the month of October. It sounds completely ridiculous to be able to say that. Like, obviously I have no life. Read this many books is partially due to being obsessed with the Vampire Academy Bloodlines series because I flew through the audiobooks. I also read a handful of graphic novels which are usually one-sitting reads for me.

How many books did you read for the spooky month? Did we read any of the same books? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogtober Day Thirty-One (Part Two): Amanda’s Bookeyman-A-Thon Wrap Up

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Hi, lovelies! For my second to last blogtober post I’ll be sharing the books I completed for the Bookeyman-A-Thon. This readathon was hosted by two of my favorites, Alana @ The Bookish Chick & Books in the Skye. I had a ton of fun and read pretty much everything that wasn’t on my TBR list for this one. Here are the challenges I completed and what books I read to fulfill them.

Read the Group Book:

Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Read a book you’ve been dying to sink your teeth into – Read a backlist book:

A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

You need to feed and all you see is blood – Read a book with a red cover:

Talon by Julie Kagawa

Make your immortality count and become well known – Read a book with over 15,000 ratings on GoodReads:

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Sunrise Challenge: You need to avoid the sunlight – Read a book only at night:

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

How did you do for this readathon? Did you help defeat the Bookeyman? Let me know some things you read in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogtober Book Review: Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

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GoodReads Summary:
Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human. No matter how much he once yearned for it. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.
Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is a terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.
Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)Review:
Our Dark Duet was the perfect ending to this duology. It did such a great job of answering all the questions I was left with at the end of This Savage Song. The story is dark and gritty and full of things that you don’t really want to think or talk about. It’s full of important themes, violence and crime, what it means to kill someone, and how the lines can be blurred when it comes to murder. Schwab wrote a beautiful story about a really challenging topic.
I still adore Kate. She’s a fierce woman, a force of nature. She’s left Verity to start over somewhere new. But of course, in her mission to hunt down the monsters, she’s led right back to her home. Only, her home is nothing like it was when she left. I really enjoyed her part of the story. Her struggle to keep this new monster at bay and her desire to take down the evils she had created. I really loved Kate.
Verity was not the only thing that was almost unrecognizable. August was not the same character that we met in This Savage Song. He’s lost himself, his more human side, after the things he’s had to do. I think the dynamic between Kate and August was my favorite part. They seem to bring out the best in one another. I really liked them together as a team.
Overall, I have nothing but good things to say about this book. I enjoyed every page. The writing was beautiful. The characters were developed and likable. The story was compelling and fast-paced. It’s a new favorite for sure.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Book Review: A Bite to Remember by Lynsay Sands

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GoodReads Summary:
Rule #1: Never get involved with someone who won’t be there for you when the sun comes up.
Once bitten, twice shy, and sexy PI Jackie Morrisey wasn’t going there again. Vincent Argeneau may be the hottest guy she’s ever met, living or dead, but she’s here to stop a killer from turning this vampire into dust, not to jump into bed with him.
Rule #2: Never kiss a vampire . . . it can be a pain in the neck.
Okay, so Vincent’s had four hundred years to perfect his kissing skills, and he does look rather tempting when he runs around the house shirtless. He’s also charming, protective . . . did we mention he can kiss? Jackie needs to be on her guard, or else she’ll have to come up with a new rule: If you’re going to fall in love with a vampire, make sure it’s a bite to remember.
A Bite to Remember (Argeneau #5)Review:
A Bite to Remember was fun because it was the first book in the Argeneau series where the love interest already knew that vampires existed and the history behind their creation. She was also a private detective so this was half romance and half mystery, which was really enjoyable.
Vincent is our Argeneau in this installment of the series. I really loved him. He’s funny and chipper and always trying to look on the bright side. Though he’s realizing that he may have been in danger of starting to fall into the depression that some vampires face where nothing is exciting anymore.
Enter Jackie, the private investigator Bastien has hired to help Vincent find out who is sabotaging his company. Jackie has some old prejudices against vampires because of a relationship she had with one when she was just starting to learn the ropes of her father’s business. Since then, she never lets herself trust or really get too close to any of their kind. I liked Jackie because she was willing to learn things about herself when her best friend points them out.
That brings up Tiny. I loved him. He was a no-bullshit guy and despite being large, he has many talents. I didn’t like how often his size was pointed out. I thought it was unnecessary. But I loved him. Even more after remembering who he ends up with.
I enjoyed the mystery we’re trying to unravel too. I thought I’d remembered who the villain was from reading this years ago, but I was wrong. I thought the big reveal and rescue was great.
Overall, another Argeneau novel that I really enjoyed. The writing was great. The characters were enjoyable and funny. The smut was also great. I just love this series.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Book Review: Tall, Dark & Hungry by Lynsay Sands

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GoodReads Summary:
It bites: New York hotels cost an arm and a leg, and Terri had flown from England to help plan her cousin’s wedding. The new in-laws offered lodging. But they were a weird bunch. There was the sometimes-chipper-sometimes-brooding Lucern, and the wacky stage-actor, Vincent. (She couldn’t imagine Broadway casting a hungrier singing-and-dancing Dracula.) And then there was Bastien. Just looking into his eyes, Terri had to admit she was falling for him – someone even taller, darker and hungrier than the other two. She was feeling a mite peckish herself. And if she stayed with him, those blood-sucking hotel owners wouldn’t get to her!
Tall, Dark & Hungry (Argeneau #4)Review:
Tall, Dark & Hungry was almost the best book I’ve read in this series so far. Except for the last fifty or so pages. I didn’t like one choice that the female main character made, even though I understood her reasoning.
Bastien is my favorite Argeneau. He’s the man you go to when you need something. I love him. He heads up Argeneau Enterprises and handles business. So, when his house slowly starts filling with people, he has to juggle quite a few different things, which was certainly entertaining. He’s agreed to host Terri, Kate’s cousin/best friend/maid of honor, while she’s in town for the wedding. But then Kate has to leave because of work, so he’s left to house and entertain her. Also, Kate’s fellow editor has been injured and needs a place to stay. Oh, and Bastien’s cousin Vincent is in town for a play he’s starring in. So, it’s basically a madhouse. But then it gets worse. Kate and Lucern’s wedding slowly falls apart, from the flowers to the caterer to the tissue paper flowers. Bastien and Terri manage to fix it all.
Terri was honestly a little whiney. She’s scared to put herself out there and admit that she likes Bastien because of her experiences with her husband dying years and years ago. And when she is under the false assumption that Bastien has a terminal illness, she runs. I didn’t like that part of the story. Though I did like getting to meet her loved ones in England. They gave her the shake she needed to pull her head out of her butt and get things together.
Overall, I enjoyed this one more than the first three even though I didn’t always like what the characters did. The story was fun and had me laughing so much (which is a problem because I’m reading these at night when I’m snuggling my little one to sleep). I keep finding myself surprised to find that Sands is a really talented writer (stupid stereotypes on romance!) She uses several of the writing techniques I’ve been learning about in my college writing classes. Also, the sex scenes are A+. I’ve pretty much read nothing but this series since picking up the first one. I think I’m addicted.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Twenty-Eight: Amanda’s Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

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Hi, lovelies! I’m back again at the end of this wonderful Spooktober to talk about the graphic novels I managed to read this month. Sadly, I read most of my spooky graphic novels last month in my excitement for the spooky season. But I still read some good picks this month!

Oz: Road to Oz by Eric Shanower & Skottie Young

This was probably my least favorite in this series so far. I enjoyed the art. I love Skottie Young’s work. I love how he brought to life all of the different people and creatures we meet on Dorothy’s latest journey. But the story itself was not as good as the others. I didn’t feel like much was at stake and I just didn’t care about Ozma’s birthday party.

Spinning by Tillie Walden

I love Tillie Walden. I don’t know what kick-started this love, but I love her work. I love her art. I especially loved this memoir written as a graphic novel. It was a bit confusing here and there because it seemed to have random bits of her life plopped into the story. But after reading the author’s note at the end it made more sense. This was a story about a young girl that is a talented figure skater, but she’s also so much more than that. She’s gay and trying to figure out what that means for her and the rest of her life. I really enjoyed this one. The story was heartfelt (and my hometown was mentioned, how cool?!) and meaningful. It was not a sweet story by any means, but it was honest and hard. I definitely recommend this one.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

This one has been on my radar since I started reading graphic novels earlier this year. I really like the message it left me with. Even though you love someone, they might not be the right person for you. I didn’t like how Freddy let herself neglect her friends when Laura Dean decided to give her attention. Laura Dean was a giant asshole. I’m glad Freddy broke up with her. I enjoyed the art for this one. I also really enjoy the parts of the story where Freddy was writing to an advice columnist and the advice she got back. I enjoyed this one for sure.

Check, Please! Book One: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

Everyone absolutely raves about Check, Please! So, I had to get it. Plus, I’m a huge hockey fan. I figured this would be right up my alley. Indeed it was. I thought this was fun and just all around wholesome. I loved the bro-ness that was clear throughout the story. There’s just something about being a part of a team. I thought that came across really well. I love  Bitty and his obsession with baking. It made me want to get up and bake a pie myself. The only thing I didn’t really like was how it jumped from scene to scene between chapters. Something big would happen and then suddenly it would be a new chapter with a completely different topic. I felt like we were only getting bits and pieces of Bitty’s story. Which, kind of makes sense because the story is told via  Bitty’s vlogs. But I wanted a bit more detail. Overall, I had a ton of fun reading this and will definitely be picking up the next volume.

The Wicked + The Divine, Volume One: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

I would die for Luci. I loved this graphic novel. I plan to go pick up the next few volumes tomorrow when I can. I love the concept of the story, twelve Gods reincarnating as humans for two years before dying again. I’d love to know more about where they go when they die. I loved that we follow Laura, a human, as she befriends Luci, and fangirls over the rest of the Gods. Lucifer being female was everything I never knew I needed. She was absolutely my favorite. I really enjoyed the diverse cast. It was hard to really get any character development from the rest of the Gods because there was just so many of them. I’m sure we will see more of them in the next volumes and I just cannot wait to continue this series.

These are all the graphic novels I read this month. Have you read any of them? Did you like (or not) any as much as I did? Leave me some recommendations if you have them!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogtober Book Review: Single White Vampire by Lynsay Sands

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GoodReads Summary:
SWM – “Lucern.” Successful biographer of family, books recently categorized as “paranormal romance.” Something of a recluse. Hates crowds, aggressive women. Doesn’t like sunbathing, garlicky dinners or religious symbols. Likes old-fashioned values; spicy Mexican dishes; warm, nice-smelling neck; and plump red lips. Stronger than ten men and can vanish in the blink of an eye. Currently unaware he’s seeking a woman to share eternity.
SWF – “Kate C. Leever.” Newest editor of Romance at Roundhouse Publishing. Perky, fun. Has recently discovered a legacy author just dying to be broken out. In fact, her career could take off from it. (The tall, dark, handsome writer just needs to be taken to several romance conventions and introduced to his fans…and stopped from acting so strange in public.) Dislikes “difficult, rude, obnoxious, pig-headed writers.” Currently unaware she’s met the man of her wildest dreams.
OH, DEAR.
Single White Vampire (Argeneau #3)Review:
Single White Vampire had the potential to be a favorite. But sadly, it wasn’t. It was actually my least liked book of the series so far. I blame that entirely on Lucern.
Lucern is basically an old grumpy man stuck in his ways. He ‘doesn’t like outgoing women’ and his mind is stuck in the 1800s. He’s constantly talking about how ‘women shouldn’t act this or that way’ which I really didn’t like. He is not as bad in the latter half of the book. But I just didn’t like his old-fashioned thinking. Though I could respect him keeping his word to go to the conference even though he’d sort of been lied to about what he was agreeing to do.
Kate, however, was the best. I adored her. She’s an editor at a publishing house and she makes sure to get what she wants. She’ll do anything for her authors and I loved her passion for her job. I loved this aspect of the story, as well as the romance conference. This was when Lucern and Kate’s relationship started. I really enjoyed the things he got her to do.
Overall, not my favorite Argeneau book, but I liked Kate enough to bump up my overall enjoyment.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.